For every great course that made the 2020-21 GOLF rankings of the top 100 courses in the United States, dozens of other must-sees were left out, including at least a handful in your home country. Some of these designs only missed out on a Top 100 nomination, others finished lower in the rankings, but all are worth your time. To shed some light on the top courses in each state, we’ve released the full results of our Top 100 Courses survey in state-by-state lists. Here is closer West Virginia.
West Virginia Golf by the Numbers:
Number of courses and US ranking: 102 (43)*
Number of golfers per inhabitant classified: 42*
Average green fee on public courses: $ over $$$*
Average Daily Temp & Rank: 51.8 (23)
Annual precipitation and rank: 45.2 in. (17)
*Source: National Golf Foundation
West Virginia’s Best Golf Courses (2020/2021)
1. Pikewood National (Morgantown) 
Built by two mining executives with no prior design experience, Pikewood National is pure golf for serious players. Walking is required here, and one lap covers nearly nine miles with major elevation changes. But it’s worth the hike to experience one of the game’s most scenic and conditioned layouts. Highlights include the massive horseshoe-shaped 8th hole and par-3 5th hole, backed by a natural waterfall. The relative scarcity of bunkers adds to the distinctiveness of the design.
2. Pete Dye (Bridgeport)
3. Greenbrier – Old White TPC (white sulfur springs) [3, P]
4. Greenbrier Sporting Club – Snead (White Sulfur Springs)
5. Glade Springs (Daniels) [P]
1 = GOLF Top 100 Race in USA
2 = GOLF Top 100 courses in the world
3 = GOLF Top 100 Resort
P = Resort/public golf course
Ed. note: Some courses were omitted from our ranking because they did not receive enough votes.
Course Spotlight: Greenbrier – The Old White TPC (White Sulfur Springs) ranked 3rd in West Virginia. It’s the only CB Macdonald course that regularly hosts professionals and that says a lot about how its model holes still test the best well over a century later. Play began here in 1914 and, along with the Pinehurst Resort, provided one of America’s first resort experiences to feature first-rate architecture. Macdonald emphasized strategy and puzzle solving over length and difficulty and as a result the course itself served as a good model for others to emulate. — GOLF Top 100 Course Rater
How We Rank America’s Best Golf Courses
For the recently released 2020-21 US list, each panelist was given a list of 489 courses. Alongside this list of courses were 11 “buckets” or groupings. If our panelists considered a course to be among the top three in the country, they checked that box. If they thought the price was in the US number 4-10, they would tick that box, followed by 11-25, 26-50, etc.
Panelists were also free to write in which courses they thought should have been on the ballot (we had less than a handful of such additions during the US vote).
Points were awarded for each bucket; to arrive at an average score for each course, we divide its overall score by the number of votes. From these points, courses are then ranked accordingly. It is an intentionally simple and straightforward process. Why? Because it consistently produces widely acclaimed results. Like the game itself, there is no need to complicate things unnecessarily.
To learn more about how we rate courses, click or tap here.
Meet our course evaluators
We empower and empower a group of 97 well-travelled, well-connected golfers/aficionados, each able to express their own sense of design excellence at the highest level. The group is seasoned and experienced – we are looking for evaluators who know what is happening, what is changing and what is coming. And from judging positions on four continents, our panelists are positioned to put courses from different parts of the world into proper context, one of the main reasons why GOLF’s Top 100 Courses ranking is the most highly regarded in the world. Game.
Other grading outlets employ thousands of evaluators. Our less is more approach creates a more meaningful and thoughtful list. Think about it: when planning a golf trip, do you call every golfer you know for their opinion? No. You contact a handful of people whose opinions you value the most.
Meet our full team of panelists here.